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These imagined Supernatural Creatures, whose German name means "noisy ghost", have attracted some sporadic sf interest. Though never directly seen, poltergeists supposedly move or throw small articles around, break crockery (which is sometimes also hurled across a room while remaining miraculously unbroken) and so forth. Their reality was once enough of an accepted phenomenon that Edmund Crispin used a highly active one to comic effect in his otherwise nonfantastic detective novel Buried for ...


Letter-size saddle-stapled Cinema Fanzine printed on middle-grade paper. Published by Dennis and Robert Skotak. Editor: Robert Skotak. Four numbered but undated issues published 1977 to 1978 on a roughly quarterly schedule. / Despite its short existence, this is regarded as one of the best 1970s fanzines to focus on Horror and sf Cinema. Excellent material was presented, relating to both vintage productions and such then-recent films as Carrie (1976) and Close Encounters of the Third Kind ...

Davids, Paul

(1947-    ) US artist, filmmaker and author with Hollace Davids of a set of Young Adult Star Wars Ties (see Star Wars) beginning with Star Wars #1: The Glove of Darth Vader (1992); they also wrote together a Graphic Novel, The Fires of Pele (graph 1986), which purports to contain a lost journal by Mark Twain. [JC]

Chapin, Maud Hudnut

(1872-1963) US author of the stories, mostly sf, some very mildly Feminist in their implications, assembled as The Lost Star, and Other Stories (coll 1948 chap). [JC]

Time Abyss

The recognition of deep Time – the realization of truly awesome timescales – is one of sf's staple generators of Sense of Wonder. It is not solely the bald statement of temporal immensities which brings this thrill, but the sense that the gulf is or will be spanned by some understanding, some process, though the barely ponderable temporal immensity concealing from human view the heart of the Empire in Franz Kafka's "The Great Wall of China" (written 1917; many posthumous printings ...

Robinson, Roger

(1943-    ) UK computer programmer, bibliographer and publisher, active in UK Fandom for many years. The Writings of Henry Kenneth Bulmer (1983 chap; rev 1984 chap) is an exhaustive Bibliography of one of the most prolific sf writers, and Who's Hugh?: An SF Reader's Guide to Pseudonyms (1987) is similarly exhaustive in its listing of Pseudonyms. Criticized at first for its failure to annotate its findings – so that, for instance, pseudonyms used for sf could not be ...

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